Duchess Kate Wears Matthew Williamson To ‘African Cats’ Premiere [PHOTOS]

April 25th, 2012 // 1 Comment

Making their first appearance together since William returned from training in The Falklands, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended tonight’s UK premiere of African Cats in aid of Tusk at The BFI Southbank  in London.  The foundation, of which William has been a patron since 2005, was established to protect wildlife in Africa.

The Disney documentary, according to Grazia, tells the story of a family cheetahs and a pride of lions.  William is due to give a speech prior to the screening, which will be attended by about 100 children.  

This is the first of three royal engagements Will and Kate will appear at prior to their one-year wedding anniversary on Sunday.  Tomorrow they will stop by Goldsmith’s Hall, and then make an appearance at the Imperial War Museum.  Our friend, Victoria Arbiter told us that the couple will most likely spend their anniversary on Sunday holed up together in Anglesey.

Catherine wore a two-piece dove grey number with embellishments from Matthew Williamson‘s pre-fall 2012 collection (thanks to WhatKateWore for that speedy discovery).  HRH left her gorgeous jewels at home so that the pops of color could get top billing.  Her hair, done by The Richard Ward Salon, was perfect and bouncy.  William, ever the gentleman, held an umbrella to keep his wife’s locks dry.

Susan from What Kate Wore believes that Catherine’s outfit was customized by Williamson.  When the Daily Express‘s Richard Palmer asked if the design had been altered in any way, Susan tweeted, “The basic frock is from his pre-fall 2012 collection.  He added jewels/beading at collar to match cuffs & v-drop on front.”  

According to the Daily Mail, The Tusk Trust co-founder Charlie Mayhew spoke about how essential the heir’s support is.  ”It’s enormously important and enormously valuable to have as our royal patron Prince William. His role, despite the Tusk agenda, on the global stage (is important) not just for our work but communicating the conservation message that everybody in conservation wants to get across. He’s a powerful advocate for conservation in general.

Mayhew added, “Kate as we know got engaged to Prince William out in Africa and she’s got the same general love of the continent as he has. She very kindly came to LA (with William) to launch our USA patrons circle. I cannot tell you how successful that was.”

By Kelly Lynch
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  1. William is due to give a speech prior to the screening, which will be attended by about 100 children.

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